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Article: Radio & Podcasts

New Releases From Turner, Downes, Amba, Halvorson, And More

Read "New Releases From Turner, Downes, Amba, Halvorson, And More" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this week's show we have all new releases from Kit Downes, Mark Turner, Orquestra Inorgánica, Way North, Yves Léveillé, and Zoh Amba featuring William Parker and Francisco Mela, plus a preview of an excellent new suite of music from Mary Halvorson. Playlist Show Intro 00:00 Kit Downes “Minus Monk" from Vermillion (ECM) 00:41 ...

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Article: In Pictures

Sons d'Hiver 2022, William Parker "Trail Of Tears - A Continuum 1492-2022"

Read "Sons d'Hiver 2022, William Parker "Trail Of Tears - A Continuum 1492-2022"" reviewed by Luciano Rossetti


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Article: Album Review

Andrew Cyrille, William Parker & Enrico Rava: 2 Blues For Cecil

Read "2 Blues For Cecil" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan


Finland's TUM Records wrapped up 2021 with a free jazz flourish, releasing trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith's Great Lakes Quartet's stellar box set, The Chicago Symphonies and also Smith's masterful A Love Sonnet For Billie Holiday. The momentum continued in January 2022 with the label's release of The OGJB Quartet's Ode To O and—the subject of this ...

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Article: Interview

The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis

Read "The Unstoppable James Brandon Lewis" reviewed by Eric Gudas


Tenor saxophonist, composer, and writer James Brandon Lewis is driven by a restlessness that makes him one of his generation's standout players of, and thinkers about jazz. Although he was voted Rising Star Tenor Saxophonist in the 2020 DownBeat Magazine International Critic's Poll, most might say, after listening to his recent releases, that his star has ...

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Article: Radio & Podcasts

The Sounds Of New York City

Read "The Sounds Of New York City" reviewed by Bob Osborne


On this show I explore the current sounds of jny: New York City with more of the Pandemic Duets from Stephen Gauci. There's also new music from Tony Malaby, Rose Tang and Justin Rothberg plus the exciting new Playfield project lead by Daniel Carter. I conclude the show of the stellar quartet of Carter with Matthew ...

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Article: Album Review

Edward 'Kidd' Jordan, Joel Futterman, William Parker, Hamid Drake: A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV

Read "A Tribute to Alvin Fielder - Live at Vision Festival XXIV" reviewed by Troy Dostert


When the free jazz world lost drummer Alvin Fielder in 2019, it lamented the passing of someone who had in many ways worked to expand the reach of avant-garde jazz, to widen its accessibility to fans and students alike. His well-known status as a founding member of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) ...

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Article: Album Review

Heroes Are Gang Leaders: Artificial Happiness Button

Read "Artificial Happiness Button" reviewed by Mark Corroto


We can be pretty sure that in heaven the champion poet is heard saying, “I'm Gil Scott Heron and I approve of this message." The same can be said of the late Amiri Baraka whom the art, poetry and music troupe Heroes Are Gang Leaders was created to honor with their first release in 2014. What ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Sewelson: More Music for a Free World

Read "More Music for a Free World" reviewed by Troy Dostert


While baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson may not be as widely-recognized as those whose company he regularly keeps, this long-standing veteran of William Parker's Little Huey Orchestra and the Microscopic Sextet has long been a force in wielding his weighty axe, lending lower-end punch with vigor and dexterity for several decades. Here he's reunited with Parker, drummer ...

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Article: Interview

Cooper-Moore: Catharsis and Creation in Community Spirit

Read "Cooper-Moore: Catharsis and Creation in Community Spirit" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard


It's tempting to think of a life in music as a linear story with a beginning, middle and end, because that's the way life is: we are born, we live, and then we die. In this narrative, one could assume there will be highs and lows and masterpieces might emerge out of a misty fog of ...

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Article: Album Review

Dave Sewelson: Music for a Free World

Read "Music for a Free World" reviewed by Glenn Astarita


This is baritone saxophonist Dave Sewelson's (William Parker's Little Huey Creative Music Orchestra, Microscopic Septet) first recording as a leader since the 1979 release, Synchro-incity for the TFYM record label. Indeed, that's a long stretch, but Sewelson seems to be busy collaborating with others, and is a veteran of New York City's bleeding-edge downtown scene. On ...


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